Frank F Harrison Community Association

Offering a WIDE RANGE of ACTIVITIES for the WHOLE COMMUNITY

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We are constantly seeking to maintain and improve the quality of our services we deliver.

We aim to offer the broadest range of services and activities that the local community tell us they want us to provide. Often we face the difficulty of finding ways of funding activities, or subsidising activities so they are affordable, but we are constantly exploring new ideas and funding streams. We always welcome any suggestions from local people or groups as to new initiatives and requirements.

Who are we, and what services do we provide?
Frank F Harrison Community Association is an independent charity providing facilities and activities for local communities aiming at enabling local people to build their skills and knowledge, and therefore improve personal self-esteem and life potential. The services include adult educational and recreational activities, youth provisions, children activities, conference and hiring facilities that are delivered across three locations. We currently operate the Beechdale Lifelong Learning Centre, Dudley Fields Youth Centre and The Hive Community Hub.
Who should I contact if I have a question about the Youth Club?
You can contact our office staff in Beechdale Lifelong Learning Centre on 01922746967 or via e-mail ffhca@tiscali.co.uk or show up on the night of the session and talk to any member of the youth staff.
How is the Youth Club funded?
As a registered not-for-profit charity, we require funding to be able to run our Youth Clubs. We apply to different funding organisations to secure our funds to be able to deliver our provisions. We also generate some small income through our room hire that supports our projects.
Where is the Youth Club?

We currently run youth clubs in three locations:

BEECHDALE YOUTH CLUB in Beechdale Lifelong Learning Centre, Stephenson Square, Beechdale, Walsall, WS2 7DY
DUDLEY FIELDS YOUTH CLUB in Dudley Fields Youth Centre, Sneyd Hall Road, Dudley Fields, Walsall, WS3 2NN
THE LOFT YOUTH CLUB above The Hive Community Hub, 28 The Square, Lichfield Road, Willenhall, WV12 5EA. The Loft Youth Club is situated above the Hive Community Hub and can be accessed by the blue gate at the side of Greggs.

When is the Youth Club open? / What are the Youth Club Times?

There are three sessions for three different age groups during the week in each of the locations:

BEECHDALE YOUTH CLUB
DUDLEY FIELDS YOUTH CLUB
THE LOFT YOUTH CLUB

Do I need to register to come to the Youth Club?
Yes. All young people must have a parental consent form completed to attend. Without it, you will not be allowed to enter the session. To get a consent form, come to one of the sessions and ask the youth staff for one.
What age can I start coming?

You need to be 8 years old to start attending the Youth Club.

We do not work with under 8 years old because of the fact that our Youth Club is not registered with Ofsted (Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills). Most organisations who provide out of school activities without supervision from parent/carer in attendance to under 8 years old are required to register with Ofsted and comply with the specific regulations.

Are there any fees?
There is a 20p subs fee every session. All money from the subs contributes to the running of the Youth Club.
Can I leave the Youth Club?
As all our youth sessions are open access young people are allowed to leave the Youth Club at any time.
Can I leave the Youth Club and then return during the session?
No, anyone who leaves the building will not be allowed back in.
Can my parent/carer stay with me during the youth club?
No, for safeguarding reasons, we can’t let parents stay during the session in the youth club.
I have specific needs and/or medication, can I attend the Youth Club?

Although all children and young people are welcome to attend our Youth Clubs and we always try to do our best to meet their needs, sometimes we might not be able to provide the support that the young person needs. We are not able to offer specialist and one to one support. Youth staff are not allowed to administrate medication.

If you have any question specific to a young person attending, please contact our Youth Coordinator.

All our three centres offer disabled access.

Where can my parent/carer drop me off / pick me up?

BEECHDALE
There is free parking on Stephenson Square just in front of the centre.
DUDLEY FIELDS
Parking is permitted on Sneyd Hall Rd. Please park in designated spaces and not on grass areas. Please ensure that your vehicle is parked in a designated area and it is not parked where it will block in other vehicles or is obstructing the entrance/exit.
THE LOFT
There are parking spaces in the front and at the rear of the New Invention Square and The Loft Youth Club. Please do not use the parking of the Indian Restaurant Tamaris that is located opposite the Youth Club. Please ensure that your vehicle is not parked where it will block in other vehicles or is obstructing the entrance/exit.

What can I do in the Youth Club?

Some facilities vary depending on the location. Beechdale Youth Club has access to the sports hall where sports activities like football, badminton, netball, dodge ball and even Zorb balls take place. The Loft Youth Club offers separate Beauty Room and the UV Room. Dudley Fields has its own small garden space in the back.

In all of the centres, young people can enjoy team games and awareness sessions along with activities such as gaming consoles, table tennis, pool, football table, music, dance, hair & beauty, cooking and arts and crafts.

Does the Youth Club provide or sell food & drinks?

We provide free squash and water for young people during the session. On some of the sessions, we also offer free savoury snacks, sandwiches and sweet treats donated to our Youth Club by Greggs.

Each Youth Club has a tuck shop selling various items, including drinks. The prices vary from 10p to 30p per item. All the profit from the tuck shop is reinvested into the youth club activities.

Who is best to speak to regarding concerns?

If possible, the best person to talk to in the first instance is the senior member of the youth staff team working at the session.

If you are not happy with how your concern has been dealt with or if your concern relates to the member of the youth staff, please contact our office in Beechdale Lifelong Learning Centre, Stephenson Square, WS2 7DY, on 01922746967 or via e-mail ffhca@tiscali.co.uk, and you will be put in contact with the appropriate person who will then try to resolve the problem with you either by phone or in person.

How do you make sure that the Youth Club is a safe space?

In all of our locations, we have managed entrance and nobody unauthorised has access to the building. In some of our centres, we have CCTV recording in operation for young people and staff safety. We are very strict on our signing in of young people, and all young people must have a completed consent form before attending the Youth Club. We ensure we have enough staff for the ratio of young people attending and that all of the areas of the Youth Club are supervised at all times. Incidents are recorded by the youth staff and reported to the Youth Coordinator. Our youth staff have relevant qualifications and training and are subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

Are there any rules I must adhere to when attending the Youth Club?

Yes. All young people and their parents/guardians need to agree to our behavioural policy when signing up. We attach the Youth Club’s Code of Conduct and Young People’s Rules to each consent form for young people and their parents/guardians to read and keep for future reference.

How is behaviour managed?

We believe that all young people and staff have the right to have access to an environment that is safe, secure and free from negative or anti-social behaviour of any kind, therefore, it is essential for us to deal with inappropriate and unacceptable behaviour in a suitable, clear and consistent way.

To help young people and the youth staff establish what is and what is not acceptable behaviour in the Youth Club, we have categorised the rules of behaviour into three colours: Green, Amber and Red. We have assigned different sanctions and steps for dealing with the behaviour to each of the levels. Depending on the severity of the rule broken, the warnings might be first given, but if the young person continues to break the rules, they will be asked to leave the session early.

In serious cases, the young person might also receive a suitable ban that may vary from one week period of not being able to attend the sessions to being permanently banned from accessing our Youth Clubs.

When a child/young person is sent home from a session, or a ban is put in place, parents/carers of all young people under the age of 18 must be notified and fully informed of the reasoning behind these sanctions. If the young person is not allowed to leave the session independently, the parent/carers must attend to collect their child immediately.

I have received a ban, and I do not agree with the decision. Do I have a right to contest it?

Yes. If the young person does not agree on the decision about a ban, they have a right to put their reason(s) in writing to Liam Perrens, Youth Coordinator, Frank F Harrison Community Association, Beechdale Lifelong Learning Centre, WS2 7DY.

Do you organise trips?

Through consultation and depending on the initiative of young people, we try to organise fun trips to places like theme parks, bowling centres, ice skating, go-karting throughout the year. We try to subsidise the trips with Youth Club funds as much as possible. On occasions we ask the young people to also contribute to the costs, this will always be as low as we can get it to make it fair to everyone.

Walsall Charity Secures Much Needed Youth Funding - 3rd March 2020

Frank F Harrison Community Association has some fantastic news to share with you below! Please share with any other partners who would be interested in our great news.

Frank F Harrison Community Association celebrates after receiving funding from the National Lottery for a new youth project. The local Walsall based charity is pleased to announce the successful award of almost £350,000 over three years from The National Lottery Community Fund which will be used to support its work with young people. The Positive Choices Youth Project will be delivered in three areas of Walsall; New Invention, Dudley Fields and Beechdale.

Over the last year we worked with 673 Individual young people who have accessed our youth projects. The new funding from The National Lottery Community Fund will enable us to provide 7 project sessions per week for young people. These additional sessions will mean that young people will be able to access a total of 9 sessions per week Monday to Saturday.

The Positive Choices Youth Project will seek to improve how young people see themselves, opportunities around them and how they feel they have a place in the community. The youth sessions will provide young people with a safe spaces where they can meet, develop skills and socialise whist working with youth staff to address some of the challenging issues they may be facing in order to help them increase their self-esteem and confidence. The project will allow young people to have more opportunity to access a wide range of services locally in their own community. The young people will improve their relationship with the wider community by participating in community events.

Liam Perrens, Youth Coordinator for the charity says “We’re delighted to be given the opportunity to deliver this project. The youth sessions will allow the young people to work with youth staff who will act as positive role models giving the young people a better opportunity and knowledge to make positive life choices for themselves.” Jayden aged 9 who currently attends youth club said “Youth club inspires me to be creative and take part in different activities. It helps me make new friends and tell people about the youth club so more people can attend.”

Debra Mohammed, Business Manager for Frank F Harrison Community Association says “it is fantastic that young people in Walsall will have the opportunity to take part in activities that they enjoy and play a part in shaping the future development of their own communities by being part of this project.”

For more information about the project please contact Liam Perrens Youth Coordinator at Frank F Harrison Community Association on 01922 746967 or email ffhca@tiscali.co.uk

The National Lottery Community Fund are passionate about funding great ideas that matter to communities and make a difference to people’s lives. Thanks to the support of National Lottery players, our funding is open to everyone. We’re privileged to be able to work alongside such a charitable and community driven organisation. 

Activities & Youth Club Timetable

The Beechdale 

Sewing Club - Mon

Day and Time: Monday 10:00am - 12:00pm
Course Cost: £2.00 Per Session
Course Duration: Term Time
Entry Requirements: Open to anyone in Walsall

This class will teach you a wide range of sewing techniques, making clothing, embroidery and soft furnishings in an informal setting with friendly staff.

Come along and enjoy a friendly, informal setting with the chance to make friends with sewing activities each session.

Indoor Bowls - Mon & Thu

Day and Time: Monday and Thursday 10:00am - 12:00pm
Availability: Ongoing
Entry Requirements: Open to anyone in Walsall
Materials Required: None

Frank F Harrison Bowling Club

Indoor Bowls suitable for anyone who wants to keep fit and healthy and learn a new skill.

Practice sessions as well as league matches for those adults who enjoy competitive indoor bowling.

Choose Day Youth Club (11-19 Yrs) - Tue

Day and Time: Tuesday 5.45pm - 8:15pm
Starts: Ongoing
For: 11 - 19 Year Olds
Cost: 20p Per Session

Club activities include:

  • Sports
  • Team Games
  • Art
  • Dance
  • Cooking
  • Issue Based Work
  • Movie Night
  • Media Skills
  • Wii
  • Crafts
  • Pool
  • Planning
  • Music
  • Trips

 

Parents & Tots Group - Wed

Day and Time: Wednesday 9:30am - 11:30am
Starts: Term Time
Cost: £1 Per Child

This is a weekly group suitable for adults who have young children and who want to build up their confidence in using play activities and meet up with others to socialise and share their experiences.

You will be able to:

  • Use different play activities to engage with your child
  • Share and read books with your child
  • Try out arts and crafts activities
  • Make new friends and socialise through meeting other parents and children
  • Have a healthy drink and snack
  • Get advice and support

 

Place 2 Be youth Club (8-11 Yrs) - Wed

Day and Time: Wednesday 5.15pm - 7.15pm
Starts: Ongoing
For: 8 - 11 Year Olds
Cost: 20p Per Session

Club activities include:

  • Cooking
  • Youth Projects
  • Team Games
  • Sports
  • Dance
  • Events
  • Music
  • Art
  • Trips
  • Table Tennis
  • Pool
  • Board Games
  • Computer Games & More

 

Work Club - Thu

Day and Time: Thursday 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Course Duration: Ongoing
Entry Requirements: Open to anyone in Walsall

Advice, support and practical help with looking for a job and applying for work; job searches, CVs, application forms, interview skills.

Want help with:

  • Job Searches
  • CVs
  • Application Forms
  • Interview Skills
  • Meet Employers

 

Sewing Craft & Creative Arts Club - Fri

Day and Time: Friday 10:00am -12:00pm
Course Duration: 30 Weeks
Course Cost: £2 Per Session
Entry Requirements: Open to anyone in Walsall

This is a weekly club and is ideal for someone who wants to have a go at different hobby activities, build in confidence, and make new friends. Learn how to make a variety of craft items to include, clothing, embroidery, soft furnishings, card making, flower arranging, seasonal crafts, jewellery and different art activities..

Come and have a go at …

Trying out different hobby activities, making seasonal gifts and crafts, sewing, dressmaking, soft furnishings and much more.

Sat Selection Youth Club (8-19Yrs) - Sat

Day and Time: Saturday 10:15am - 12:45pm
Starts: Term Time
For: 8 - 19 Year Olds
Cost: 20p Per Session

This is an open access breakfast youth club which incorporates youth centre activities including Xbox. PlayStation, Nintendo, Pool Table, Table Tennis, Arts and Crafts and also some specialist sports sessions. Do not worry if sports are not your favourite hobby because various youth activities are still on throughout the session.

The youth club uses consultations and discussions with the young people so that staff can organise activities into a six week programme which meets the needs of the young people.

The youth club has two separate rooms one used as the main youth activity room and a sports hall. The youth club room has sofa's for relaxing as well as tables and chairs for completing project work, It has youth club equipment such as Pool Table, Table Tennis, Graffiti Board, Xbox, PlayStation, Nintendo, TV and Music player system that can be used.
The young people have a fully functional kitchen when completing cooking activities and has a Tuck Shop where the profits are put back into the youth club.

The Sports Hall is used for various sports and recreational activities such as, Dance, Football, Cricket, Badminton and Fitness sessions.

Dudley Fields

Youth Club (8-15 Yrs) - Mon

Day and Time: Monday 5:15pm - 7:45pm
Starts: Term Time
For: 8 - 15 Year Olds
Cost: 20p Per Session

This Youth Session allows young people to have fun, make new friends, take part in activities and learn new skills. Young people are able to choose from an array of activities including pool, cooking, computers, music, outdoor activities and arts & crafts, Sessions will also look at more structured activities such as sexual health, drug awareness, condom distribution, these will be based on the needs of the young people attending. At times we will bring in outside experts to run sessions such as graffiti and circus skills.

Dudley Fields Youth Centre is situated on Sneyd Hall Road on Dudley Fields. You will find the youth club located on the large green between the two sets of shops.The centre has two main areas, the youth club room. The youth club room has equipment including a pool table, table football, television, Xbox and sofa's for relaxing.

The Centre has a computer station with internet access, this can be used for homework, project based work, CV building, surfing the internet and play games. The centre also has a fully functional kitchen which is used when completing cooking activities and a young person led Tuck Shop where the profits are put back into the youth club.

At the rear of the building there is a small area to relax in the summer and where young people and staff do projects such as gardening or sporting activities.

Parents & Tots Group - Tue

Day and Time: Tuesday 9:30am - 11:30am
Starts: Term Time
Cost: £1 Per Child

This is a weekly group suitable for adults who have young children and who want to build up their confidence in using play activities and meet up with others to socialise and share their experiences.

You will be able to:

  • Use different play activities to engage with your child
  • Share and read books with your child
  • Try out arts and crafts activities
  • Make new friends and socialise through meeting other parents and children
  • Have a healthy drink and snack
  • Get advice and support

 

Youth Club (10-15 Yrs) - Wed

Day and Time: Wednesday 5:30pm - 8:00pm
Starts: Term Time
For: 10 - 15 Year Olds
Cost: 20p Per Session

This Youth Session allows young people to have fun, make new friends, take part in activities and learn new skills. Young people are able to choose from an array of activities including pool, cooking, computers, music, outdoor activities and arts & crafts, Sessions will also look at more structured activities such as sexual health, drug awareness, condom distribution, these will be based on the needs of the young people attending. At times we will bring in outside experts to run sessions such as graffiti and circus skills.

Dudley Fields Youth Centre is situated on Sneyd Hall Road on Dudley Fields. You will find the youth club located on the large green between the two sets of shops.The centre has two main areas, the youth club room. The youth club room has equipment including a pool table, table football, television, Xbox and sofa's for relaxing.

The Centre has a computer station with internet access, this can be used for homework, project based work, CV building, surfing the internet and play games. The centre also has a fully functional kitchen which is used when completing cooking activities and a young person led Tuck Shop where the profits are put back into the youth club.

At the rear of the building there is a small area to relax in the summer and where young people and staff do projects such as gardening or sporting activities.

Parents & Tots Group - Thu

Day and Time: Thursday 9:30am - 11:30am
Starts: Term Time
Cost: £1 Per Child

This is a weekly group suitable for adults who have young children and who want to build up their confidence in using play activities and meet up with others to socialise and share their experiences.

You will be able to:

  • Use different play activities to engage with your child
  • Share and read books with your child
  • Try out arts and crafts activities
  • Make new friends and socialise through meeting other parents and children
  • Have a healthy drink and snack
  • Get advice and support

 

Junior Youth Club (8-11 Yrs) - Fri

Day and Time: Wednesday 5:15pm - 7:45pm
Starts: Term Time
For: 8 - 11 Year Olds
Cost: 20p Per Session

This Youth Session allows young people to have fun, make new friends, take part in activities and learn new skills. Young people are able to choose from an array of activities including pool, cooking, computers, music, outdoor activities and arts & crafts, Sessions will also look at more structured activities such as sexual health, drug awareness, condom distribution, these will be based on the needs of the young people attending. At times we will bring in outside experts to run sessions such as graffiti and circus skills.

Dudley Fields Youth Centre is situated on Sneyd Hall Road on Dudley Fields. You will find the youth club located on the large green between the two sets of shops.The centre has two main areas, the youth club room. The youth club room has equipment including a pool table, table football, television, Xbox and sofa's for relaxing.

The Centre has a computer station with internet access, this can be used for homework, project based work, CV building, surfing the internet and play games. The centre also has a fully functional kitchen which is used when completing cooking activities and a young person led Tuck Shop where the profits are put back into the youth club.

At the rear of the building there is a small area to relax in the summer and where young people and staff do projects such as gardening or sporting activities.

The Hive 

Friendship Club - Mon

Day and Time: Monday 10:00am - 12:00pm
Starts: Ongoing
Cost: Free

Come Along and meet new friends, have a cuppa and a chat, craft activities, games, puzzles and much more.

Who are we?

We are a club for adults who like meeting others.

What do we do?

We run sessions to include light refreshments, arts and crafts, games and other activities.

3'CS Craft Club - Tue

Day and Time: 10:00am - 2:00pm
Starts: Ongoing
For: Adults

Come along there are various projects available. Why not try your hand at Embroidery, Rag Rugging, Knitting, Quilting and Upholstery.

Loft Junior Youth Club (8-11 Yrs) - Tue

Day and Time: Tuesday 5:00pm - 7:30pm
Starts: Term Time
For: 8 - 11 Year Olds
Cost: 20p

  • Sports
  • Team Games
  • Art
  • Dance
  • Cooking
  • Issue Based Work
  • Movie Night
  • Media Skills
  • Wii
  • Crafts
  • Pool
  • Planning
  • Music
  • Trips

 

Parents & Tots Group - Wed

Day and Time: Wednesday 10:00am - 12:00pm
Starts: Term Time
Cost: £1 Per Child

This is a weekly group suitable for adults who have young children and who want to build up their confidence in using play activities and meet up with others to socialise and share their experiences.

You will be able to:

  • Use different play activities to engage with your child
  • Share and read books with your child
  • Try out arts and crafts activities
  • Make new friends and socialise through meeting other parents and children
  • Have a healthy drink and snack
  • Get advice and support
Over 60's Group - Wed

Day and Time: Wednesday 1:00pm - 3:30pm
Starts: Ongoing
For: Over 60's

Fancy a cup of tea, cake, biscuit and meeting new people? Along with Games, Table Tennis, Dominos, Puzzles, Arts and Crafts.

Lunch Club - Thu

Day and Time: Thursday 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Starts: Term Time
For: Adults
Cost: £1 Per Person

A great opportunity to meet new friends for fun and laughter whilst enjoying some lunch.

Loft Inbetweeners Youth Club (9-15 Yrs) - Thu

Day and Time: Thursday 5:15pm - 7:45pm
Starts: Term Time
For: 9 - 15 Year Olds
Cost: 20p

  • Sports
  • Team Games
  • Art
  • Dance
  • Cooking
  • Issue Based Work
  • Movie Night
  • Media Skills
  • Wii
  • Crafts
  • Pool
  • Planning
  • Music
  • Trips

 

Loft Youth Club (8-15 Yrs) - Sat

Day and Time: Saturday 10:15am - 12:45pm
Starts: Term Time
For: 8 - 15 Year Olds
Cost: 20p

  • Sports
  • Team Games
  • Art
  • Dance
  • Cooking
  • Issue Based Work
  • Movie Night
  • Media Skills
  • Wii
  • Crafts
  • Pool
  • Planning
  • Music
  • Trips

 

Our LOCATIONS

We currently deliver our provision across three locations within the areas of benefit. We currently operate the Beechdale Lifelong Learning Centre, Dudley Fields Youth Centre and The Hive Community Hub.

Beechdale Lifelong Learning Centre

Providing programmes to adults and young people including leisure courses and youth provision activities, also offering room hire facilities and an in-house day nursery.

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Dudley Fields Youth Centre

Providing positive activities to young people including a youth club allowing young people to make new friends while learning new skills, we also offer a tots session.

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The Hive Community Hub

Providing community activities for adults, a youth club, parents and tots group, school uniform recycling, meeting room hire and also an in-house community library.

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Room HIRE

We currently offer a room hire facility at 2 of our current locations, perfect for Meetings, Training, Conferences and Group Activities, and depending upon the intended use, can cater up to a capacity of 80 people, where the rooms can be setup in advance to suit your preferred layout.

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Beechdale Lifelong Learning Centre, Stephenson Square, Walsall
West Midlands, WS2 7DY

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